This procedure is performed to prevent gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) which is commonly known as bloat.
Bloat is a life threatening condition in which the stomach fills with air then twists thus causing severe disturbances in the animals’ circulatory system. Although any breed of dog can develop GDV, it classically affects deep chested dogs such as Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Mastiffs and the setter breeds.
Our hospital performs laparoscopic assisted stomach tacking (gastropexy) to permanently anchor the stomach to the abdominal muscle. The stomach is thus prevented from twisting should it become filled with excessive air or gas. This newer technique involves making small incisions into the abdominal cavity which allows for the placement of a fiberoptic camera. The stomach is then grasped and delivered through an incision in the abdominal wall. The outer lining of the stomach is then sutured to the abdominal muscle. This procedure is often performed when dogs are spayed or neutered, but can be done at any time after the pet reaches 6 months of age. It is particularly recommended in dogs that have a family history of bloat.